Betty Blue – a tale of courage and love ***Adopted!***


Update!  ***Adopted!***  🙂

You can see the hope and weariness in her eyes.  Betty Blue is a courageous being who saved her puppies by alerting those who could help them – and in the process saved herself.  Originally found in a canal in California – she recently took the journey to Seattle and now resides at PAWS.

Here is her story from the PAWS blog:

This is Betty Blue. She’s 6 years old—we estimate—and, despite every scar that marks her coat, she keeps putting her faith in humans.

It’s the scar that surrounds her muzzle that you notice first. That one is a deep scar that crosses her snout, then divides down both of her cheeks. That’s the puzzling one, the one that breaks your heart when you imagine how it could be that no one noticed her pain.

Once you step up to Betty Blue—and how can you not with that clumsy wag of hers—that’s when you see the real damage of human unkindness.

On her back, starting between her shoulder blades and slicing right down her spine, is a scar so thick and wide that you have to believe someone, anyone with a heart, saw that she was in need.

Surprisingly, no one did. Because that’s not what saved her.

You see, Betty Blue is who saved Betty Blue. To be specific she saved her puppies but, in doing so, she saved herself too.

Betty Blue is from northern California and, after giving birth to a litter of pups in a field alongside a canal, she reached out to strangers for help. When a group of workers gathered nearby, she bounded towards them, urging them to help her with the babies she had lovingly kept safe.

The workers surmised that the birth had recently occurred, yet who knows how many days she waited for help?

Inspired by her motherly instinct to save her little ones, the workers scooped up the vulnerable pups and Betty Blue and got the whole family to a local shelter. Heroes for heroes as they say. Problem was, the shelter didn’t have room for a grown mom dog and her litter of pups.


Last week I was able to visit 3 Seattle area shelters thanks to an incredible client who paid for my travel and time. My great friend Jaime from Team Wyla joined me as a fellow photographer and rescue advocate.

During this trip Jaime and I met the courageous and loving Betty Blue.

When I photograph dogs I try to capture their true being – and portray to the world how they feel.  This beautiful dog feels nervous to trust, but you can feel how incredibly loving she is just by touching her.  Her tail wags constantly, and she just wants to snuggle and kiss you.  It was difficult to capture this wag because the tail just goes so fast :).

It was also difficult to capture her happiness because I was with her for such a short time.  You can see by the scars covering her back and her snout that she was treated absolutely horribly, so it was not surprising that she was a bit distant with me at first. She wasn’t distant to Jaime at all – but Jaime is a lot calmer than I am – so they bonded very quickly (Jaime is the woman Betty is smooching 🙂 ).

Betty Blue wants so badly to feel touch and love – you can see it in her eyes – and, in turn, you see it in her photos.

They take incredible care of Betty Blue at PAWS – but she needs a couch to call her own. Due to her former horrific abuse (her legs were broken at one time) she hurts when she walks for a long period of time.  With pain management, I am certain she will live a very comfortable life.

Please share this story of Betty Blue.  If you adopt her, find me – I want to keep everyone updated.  You can read the PAWS article about her here:  Betty Blue

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14 Comments on Betty Blue – a tale of courage and love ***Adopted!***

  1. Alison Durell
    April 21, 2015 at 8:43 am (7 years ago)

    Your photos always bring awareness for pet rescues with such love and sensitivity. Betty Blue’s story is heartbreaking, but also one of hope, that she will find a home with a couch, a ride in a convertible and loving care. Such a beautiful dog! Despite past abuse/injuries, a mother’s love and instinct for survival for her babies drove her to reach out for human help. Please keep updates coming and pictures of her babies.

  2. Carol W
    April 21, 2015 at 9:36 am (7 years ago)

    Betty Blue is absolutely gorgeous. Whoever is adopted by her will be 1 of the luckiest people in the world.

  3. Wendy Schmoll
    April 21, 2015 at 6:15 pm (7 years ago)

    As always, thank you for your wonderful tales through both your photography and words, Hannah. I will have pawsitive thoughts for the lovely Betty Blue and her babies.

  4. Kate Westerlund
    April 21, 2015 at 6:32 pm (7 years ago)

    Hannah I am in awe of your work. I missed your trip to Washington. I was in northern Wisconsin. i hope I get to meet you someday.

  5. Debbie Dye
    April 21, 2015 at 9:46 pm (7 years ago)

    Awww…she’s a beaut!!!! Love how you and Jaime collaborated on this opportunity to showcase Betty. What a brave Mom she is. Thanks for giving her press. The photos are beautiful. I am seeing a loving home for her where she sleeps in a cushy bed and knows her humans have her back forever.

    April 23, 2015 at 3:40 pm (7 years ago)

    Beautiful story! I pray some one will adopt her & give her the love she deserves!

  7. Craig Faulstich
    April 25, 2015 at 5:58 am (7 years ago)

    An incredible story, thank you for sharing Hannah. Betty Blue is truly a hero! 🙂

  8. Miyeko Homma
    August 19, 2015 at 10:30 am (7 years ago)


    Thank you for sharing Betty Blue’s story. She is a beautiful dog. Am so happy she found a forever home that she deserves.
    Love all your pictures they are incredible.

  9. Dean
    August 19, 2015 at 11:25 am (7 years ago)

    Beautiful dog. Beautiful story. Beautiful photos. Well done as usual. Best wishes and thanks!

  10. Lynn
    April 10, 2016 at 6:54 pm (6 years ago)

    I have one of her pups! His name is Hudson.. it was Baloo.. he is a true gift.. full of love.. thank you Betty Blue

  11. Hannah
    April 10, 2016 at 8:09 pm (6 years ago)

    Yay!!! Oh my gosh I am so happy to hear this 🙂 Do you mind emailing me some details on him to ? My Facebook people would absolutely love to hear about him!

  12. Joseph
    April 11, 2016 at 11:55 am (6 years ago)

    My wife Lynn and I adopted one of her puppies. His name is Hudson and he is the most loving pouch we have ever had. We heard about Betty Blue’s story during the adoption process- unbelievable. Hudson is living the good life in Gig Harbor, Washington-just a short drive from his mommy! He is currently sitting next to me in our recliner as he snores away….

  13. Hannah
    April 11, 2016 at 11:57 am (6 years ago)

    Oh – thank you so much for the details! Please give Hudson a smooch for me – I do love that he has my late husband’s name 🙂 .

  14. Joseph and Lynn
    April 11, 2016 at 11:58 am (6 years ago)

    Maybe I should read my wife’s reply before I send the same info!!!! Anyways Hudson is the bestest!